A Maker in Milan

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MI+ED creates handmade, eco-friendly illustrated and hand printed goods; all using high quality materials like recycled paper, organic cotton, linen and non toxic inks.
All the patterns and drawings are created by the artist in her studio in Milan, Italy. (As always, click to shop!)

I’m a maker.

I love sketching anything that is smaller than my hand.
I love getting ink all over. I like to experiment with different materials and tools.
I get inspired by many things, especially by small things that people don’t usually notice.
I walk a lot and I pick up and put little treasures in my pockets: a nice stone, a bud, a piece of paper or string.
I have boxes full of these treasures.
I love nature and one day I would love to live by the sea or nearby a forest.

I put a lot of love in what I make.

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Set of 3 hexagon prints, $68.50

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Inspirational Journal, $14

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Personalized Mini Journal, $14

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Eco-friendly pocket jotter, $12

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5″ x 7″ Linocut Art Print, $18

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Hand-printed tropical notebook, $10

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Set of 10 Holiday Gift Tags, $15

Today’s Track – Eyes Be Closed, Washed Out

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This dose of layered, hypnotic chill serves to sooth out the bumps of the day and get me in the zone. Eyes Be Closed by Washed Out from the album Within And Without, 2011.

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Spring Summer 2015 Trends from Fashion Snoops @ MAGIC

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Today’s trend vignettes are from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. These are the “Trend Galleries” they presented at MAGIC in Las Vegas, describing 4 upcoming trends in womenswear and menswear for the 2015 Spring Summer season.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Designed in Denmark

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Bloomingville is a wholesale company from Denmark with a finely curated collection of lovely housewares, decor and light furnishings they provide to independent retail boutiques (both brick & mortar and on-line). Unfortunately, you can’t buy items directly from them, but you totally can collect inspiration!

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“Apple” Cider

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Just because it’s Friday and I needed a giggle. Long live British Advertising…

Today’s Track – How Low, José González

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Today, a folky bit out of Sweden. How Low by José González from the album In Our Nature, 2007.

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Shop MPLS

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Spent a day perusing the local retail scene last week; visiting a mix of vintage shops as well as several in the North Loop, LynLake, Powderhorn and Longfellow neighborhoods. Compiled a few pics of my favs!

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Satsuma Press

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Satsuma Press is a one-person letterpress and design studio located in Corvallis, Oregon, that produces exquisitely delicate, yet modern letterpress products. “I fancy good, simple design that is pleasing to the eye and mind; refreshing color and lush paper; plenty of open space and quiet, graceful beauty.” (As always, click to shop!)

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Hills and Mountains, $8/5

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Little Fox, $9/5

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5.5″ x 8.5″ Poem, $21

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Tiny Forest, $9/5

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Bouquet, $9/5

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Mist Botanical, $8/5

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Garland, $8/5

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Baskets, $8/5

The ABC’s of NYC

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Had a chance to visit ABC Carpet & Home while I was in New York late last month, and snapped a few pics to share. They continue to astound me with their amazing eye for visual merchandising, ability to transport me into a decadent fantasy land, and curate a stunningly eclectic assortment that somehow all works together. Oh, and that pink!

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Today’s Track – Can’t Get You Out of My Mind, Sonya Kitchell

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I’m in a lovey-dovey mood today. This weekend, the hubby and I celebrate our 13-year wedding anniversary – a wedding that seems like it happened yesterday. Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind by Sonya Kitchell from the album Words Came Back To Me, 2006.

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Spring Summer 2015 Color Trends from JFW Textile

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A refreshing look at color trends for next spring from Premium Textile Japan, a global trade fair providing an abundant range of diverse and high-quality fabrics from carefully chosen exhibitors. Today I’m sharing the top trend stories they’re forecasting in textiles for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. They call them “The Quest For Reform”, and include Anthropo-Archives, Alfresco Art Gallery, Relucent Lyric and Fabled Wonderland.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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